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There are only a couple weeks until Christmas! If you know a prepper or a survivalist and you’re looking for gift ideas, we got you covered. And if you’re a prepper yourself and looking for some cool survival items to put on your wishlist, we also got you covered.
Here you’ll find an alphabetical list of very affordable items that any survivalist would love to own.
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Every item on this list is less than $20 as of this writing. Prices may have gone up since then.
1. – Alcohol Stove – Small, light, and very easy to use. This is a great stove for bug out bags.
2. Binoculars – These lightweight high-definition binoculars are a real asset to any bug out bag, giving you a detailed view of anything within 1000 yards.
3. Camping Cookware Set – Perfect for preparing meals on an overnight camping trip. The aluminum bowls are lightweight and fit inside each other so they take up little space.
4. Camping Pots and Pans – These have foldable handles and are perfect for camping or bugging out. Easy cleanup makes this particular set the best out there for under $20.
5. Chains for Boots – These will keep you from slipping and falling while walking on snowy or icy terrain.
6. Collapsible Water Bottle – This is a great gift for a bug out bag. Since it folds up, this water bottle takes up very little space.
7. Commuter First Aid Kit – This 53-piece first aid kit is great to keep in your car or bug out bag in case of a medical emergency.
8. Credit Card Multitool – This tool is small enough to fit in a standard size wallet. It has a blade, a screwdriver, a can opener, and ten other tools.
9. Eat N Tool – “Spork on steroids” is the best way to refer to this cool gadget. It is a bottle opener, eating utensil, and even a hex wrench.
10. Emergency Escape Tool – This tool is a hammer, a seatbelt cutter, and a window breaker all in one. It’s designed to save the life of someone trapped in a car after an accident.
11. Emergency Sleeping Bag – This sleeping bag is a little heavier than a Mylar blanket but not quite as cumbersome as a typical bag.
12. Fire Laces – These are shoe laces made of paracord with two striker blades and ferro rods.
13. Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife – This is a very high-quality knife for the price, and it even comes with a sheath.
14. Folding Handle Shovel – An essential tool for any bug out bag. This shovel can be carried in the pouch on the outside of a bug out bag or inside without taking up too much space.
15. Folding Saw – This tools is great for sawing large branches and cutting down small to medium trees.
16. Gerber Fire Starter – A compact fire starter with a ferro rod and metal striker, plus a lanyard to keep everything together.
17. Can Openers – These can openers are small enough to fit on keychains and can also be used as a cutting edge or screwdriver.
18. Hand Crank Radio – This radio can provide light, music, weather reports, and can even charge a cell phone.
19. Hatchet – This hatchet is tough enough to chop even the densest wood. It has a rubber handle, and it can also be used as a hammer.
20. Iron Sandwich Cooker – If you like campfires and hot sandwiches, you can have both at the same time thanks to this sandwich cooker.
21. Keychain LED Flashlight – Never be without a flashlight again. This light is surprisingly bright for its size.
22. LED Headlamp – This lamp is crazy bright and will keep a person’s hands free while they climb or carry other gear.
23. Lifestraw – The most convenient water filter on the market. Just put one end in the water source, and drink from the other end. Filters over 250 gallons of water.
24. Magnesium Fire Starter Tool – A waterproof firestarter that will start hundreds of fires. Simply shave off some magnesium and light them with the sparks.
25. Mylar Blankets – These blankets are ideal for bug out bags because they take up very little space and yet they can keep you very warm.
26. Mylar Tent Shelter – This provides an emergency shelter without having to waste precious time and energy building one.
27. Non GMO Heirloom Vegetable Seeds – Comes with thousands of seeds from 32 plants so you can start the ultimate survival garden. They will last over 20 years and come with a guide to help you get started.
28. Paracord Bracelet – This bracelet has a compass, a whistle, and a fire starter–three crucial survival tools in one. Makes a nice, inexpensive stocking stuffer.
29. Paracord Grenade – This mini survival kit comes with 13 essential tools including: carabiner, knife blade, fire starter, fishing hooks, fishing line, and of course, paracord.
30. Pepper Spray – A must for any bug out bag. And it can deter animals, 4-legged and 2-legged, in an emergency. It can be clipped to a belt or hung from a pack for easy access.
31. Storm Proof Matches – These matches don’t go out, even if you stomp on them or submerge them in water. Great thing to have in a wilderness survival scenario.
32. Playing Cards – These cards have survival tips on them, making them a great way to pass time while learning something.
33. Safety Whistle – This whistle includes a light, a compass, and a thermometer. It could help save one’s life if they’re lost.
34. SAS Survival Handbook – The author of this book managed to cram an incredible amount of knowledge into a small book. It’s a great book to have in your bug out bag.
35. Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System – This water filtration system is rated up to 100,000 gallons. You won’t find anything else that will filter that much water for only $20.
36. Shard Keychain Tool – A lightweight and airline safe tool with screwdriver, bottle opener, pry bar, wire stripper, and more.
37. Solid Fuel Cubes – These are ideal for boiling water, heating canned soup, or preparing freeze dried food.
38. Solar Air Lantern – A convenient, inflatable lantern that lights up the room. Just set it in the sun or hang it on your backpack and let it charge. It will provide light for up to 12 hours.
39. Solar Shower – Everybody enjoys a hot shower after a day outdoors. It folds flat and is easy to carry in a bug out bag.
40. Sportsman Pocket Chainsaw – This is perfect for sawing large branches that could be used to cut wood for a sturdy shelter or a nice warm fire.
41. Survival Fishing Kit – This kit is an essential piece to any bug out bag. It has everything you need to catch yourself some lunch.
42. Survival Kit in a Sardine Can – This zombie apocalypse survival kit comes with a compass, whistle, matches, razor, fire starter, fishing line, and more.
43. Tactical Belt – This belt serves multiple purposes while holding extra gear around the waist. A belt that can hold the weight of gear and weapons is a must when in the field.
44. Tactical Pen – This durable pen can break glass or be used as a weapon against an attacker. It’s easy to carry in a pack, purse, or pocket.
45. Tactical Flashlight – A zoomable, waterproof flashlight made from high quality aluminum alloy.
46. Ultralight Camp Stove – This stove only weighs 1/4 of a pound, but gets hot enough to cook just about anything.
47. Wetfire Tinder – This tinder ensures a person can get a fire going despite wind, rain, and snow.
48. Wool Socks – Great for keeping your feet warm during a power outage or an outdoor adventure.
49. Yo Yo Fishing Reels – The easiest way to fish. You can set up a bunch of these, and they will catch small fish on their own.
50. Zippo Hand Warmer – This will keep your hands and body warm. It is lightweight and durable and will provide hours of warmth. Don’t forget to buy fluid for the warmer.
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